April, 2010

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    Learn SharePoint 2010 Administration in Free Video Training

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    A new series of videos by MSDEV prepares you for SharePoint 2010 Administration. Sessions are available free and on-demand....
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    p&p Provides Application Architecture Guide Layer Diagrams

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    patterns & practices has released Application Architecture Guide Layer Diagrams for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Edition. The diagrams includes custom toolbox items for Layer Diagrams and Layer diagrams from Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2nd Edition. This extension package contains five layer diagrams for use in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate edition. These custom toolbox items present the layer diagrams as shown in Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2nd Edition from patterns &...
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    How to Migrate Your .NET 3.5 App to .NET 4

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    Your .NET Framework 3.5 installs side-by-side with .NET Framework 4 . So your application will work as expected when your customer installs .NET 4. But when you take your current code from .NET 3.5 and recompile it and target your application for .NET 4 in Visual Studio 2010 , you may find some breaking changes. Migration issues between the .NET Framework version 3.5 Service Pack 1 and the .NET Framework version 4, including fixes, changes for standards compliance and security, and changes based...
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    Final Preview SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse Ships

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    The final Technology Preview of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse has shipped. This is a significant milestone on the integration of DATAllegro technology as Parallel Data Warehouse now runs on Windows Server and SQL Server. This Technology Preview offers customers the following benefits: High scalability to hundreds of terabytes and high performance through an MPP (Massively Parallel Processing) architecture. Hardware choice with appliances planned for HP, Dell, IBM and Bull. Comprehensive...
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    Add a Windows Azure CloudPoll to Your Facebook Page

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    The CloudPoll Facebook application has launched and is hosted on Windows Azure . CloudPoll is available for free to all Facebook users to create, manage, and evaluate polls for their pages, all using blob storage, SQL Azure, and compute hosted in Windows Azure. What is CloudPoll? CloudPoll is Live, hosted on Windows Azure, and ready for the everyone on Facebook to create funny, serious, strange, informative, silly, and cool polls. Just follow these three simple steps: 1. When signed into Facebook...
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    Watch Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4, Silverlight 4 Launch Online

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    Please join us for the launch of Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4, around the world or online at Microsoft Developer Tools Virtual Presskit . Come celebrate all our engineers’ hard work to hand the products over to you, our customers, and prepare for the amazing experiences you are going to build. Visit on April 12 for the live keynote from Bob Muglia , President of Microsoft Server and Tools Division from Las Vegas, NV at 8:30 AM Pacific (11:30 AM Eastern). On April 13, see...
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    Expression Blend 4 SDK for Windows Phone Streamlines Development

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    Expression Blend enables you to rapidly take your ideas from concept to completion helping you deliver innovative applications on Windows Phone. Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone provides exactly the same streamlined development workflow for Windows Phone that was previously only available for Silverlight and .NET applications, including features such as behaviors, sample data, and the visual state manager. As part of this release, two new project templates are included: one for standard Window...
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    Business-Ready Silverlight 4 Ships April 15

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    Silverlight 4 ships April 15. Silverlight 4 is “Business Ready” with the features ISVs need to build rich Internet applications. Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating rich media applications and business applications for the Web, desktop, and phone. Based on the Microsoft .NET framework, the free Silverlight plug-in works across multiple browsers, devices and operating systems to bring new interactivity to the Web. With extensive layout and styling options, powerful communication...
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    Learn Windows Phone 7 Development in 7 Minutes Each

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    MSDEV presents Windows phone 7 Series development in a set of 7-minute classes each. This series of short, code-focused videos you’ll learn how to build applications for Microsoft’s revolutionary new mobile platform, Windows Phone 7 Series....
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    Empower Program for ISVs Transitions in May

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    The main offering for ISVs starting out on Microsoft technologies is changing on May 21. The Empower for ISVs program will be replaced by Microsoft Action Pack Development and Design subscription . The new offering provides internal-use, full versions of the latest software releases, key development and testing tools, development guidance, and broad market visibility. If you are nearing the end of your first subscription period for Empower program, you may renew as early as 90 days before your expiration...
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    patterns & practices Releases Enterprise Library 5

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    The patterns & practices team has released version 5 of the Microsoft Enterprise Library. This major release of Enterprise Library contains many compelling new features and updates that will make developers more productive. These include: Major architectural refactoring that provides improved testability and maintainability through full support of the dependency injection style of development Dependency injection container independence (Unity ships with Enterprise Library, but you can replace...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Benchmark: 100K Concurrent Users with Hyper-V

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    Recently we conducted a new benchmark test involving 100,000 concurrent users. Benchmark testing was performed on a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 implementation that included Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2, two Dell PowerEdge servers running Intel® Xeon® Processors 7500 Series-based with storage managed by a Dell PowerVault™ MD1220 with solid state drives. Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s multi-tenant capabilities were employed to create five organizations running...
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    Download Visual Studio 2010 Keybinding Cards

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    Microsoft today released reference cards for the default keybindings in Visual Studio 2010 for Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++ and Visual F#. Download , print and use to master the default keybindings of your favorite programming language in Visual Studio 2010.   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation   Thanks to microsoftfeed.com
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    Getting Started with SQL Azure Data Sync

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    MVP Glenn Berry has put together a guide to getting started with SQL Azure Data Sync. SQL Azure Data Sync is a free tool that allows you to easily create a SQL Azure database, and then synchronize the data periodically (on a table by table basis) with an on-premises SQL Server database. The post, Playing With SQL Azure Data Synch , provides screenshots and the steps you can take to synchronize your data with SQL Azure. The SQL Azure Data Synch Developer Quick Start page has instructions and links...
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    How to Create, Develop, Deploy Windows Azure App

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    A new article in MSDN Magazine explores how to create, develop, and deploy a Windows Azure application in Visual Studio 2010. The article, Developing and Deploying Windows Azure Apps in Visual Studio 2010 , describes the steps you’ll take to get your application up and running in the cloud. Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll find in the article. How to Create a Cloud Service Project in Visual Studio A Windows Azure role is an individually scalable component running in the cloud where each instance...
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    MSDEV Offers PHP on Windows Azure Quick Start Guide

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    MSDEV presents a Quick Start Guide for PHP developers for Windows Azure. The purpose of this Quickstart Guide is to show PHP developers how to work with Windows Azure. It shows how to develop and test PHP code on a local development machine, and then how to deploy that code to Windows Azure . This material is intended for developers who are already using PHP with an IDE such as Eclipse, so it doesn't cover PHP syntax or details of working with Eclipse. Experienced PHP programmers will see that...
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    A Little VHD (Boot2VHD) Goodness

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    It appears that our friends Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell have created a very handy little utility. Have you ever gone through the process of rebuilding your machine and thought “If only I could turn this into a VHD that I could use as a base image to reuse with Boot2VHD”?  I know I have.  The problem has been that there was no easy way to turn an existing volume into a VHD, until now!  Check out the new tool Disk2VHD This tool allows you to turn an existing disk volume into...
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    Microsoft Roadmap for Dynamics Revealed at Convergence 2010

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    Microsoft opened Convergence 2010 in Atlanta, GA by delivering on our vision for Microsoft Dynamics . Of special note for ISVs, a new service update provides new developer tools in the updated Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK enable the connection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with other on-demand and on-premises applications and services such as Windows Azure . For more information about the updated SDK, see New innovations with CRM Online . Announcements at Convergence...
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    Microsoft Offers Political TownHall Software for Windows Azure

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    Microsoft is offering TownHall , a new Windows Azure -hosted engagement platform that fosters, moderates and houses conversations between groups. TownHall is an ideal tool for politicians and other public officials (among others) who want to host online social experiences that drive richer discussion around top interests and concerns with the American public. TownHall allows you to easily create a destination for folks to voice opinions, identify problems, offer solutions and come together around...
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    See How to Call PowerShell Scripts From Your Application

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    Join James Brundage, Tester from the Windows PowerShell team, and me for a quick introduction to how embed PowerShell within your C# application. See how you can easily reference the PowerShell assembly and start embedding PowerShell cmdlets inside of a C# application with PowerShell V2. C# Sample Code using System.Management.Automation; using System.Management.Automation.Runspaces; /* Calls the Get-Process PowerShell command and returns the output as a string */ foreach (string str in PowerShell...
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    SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 Supports PDO (PHP Data Objects)

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    Microsoft is releasing a new technical bridge for PHP developers to SQL Server. It reduces the complexity of targeting multiple databases and will make it easier for PHP applications like Drupal 7 to interoperate smoothly with Microsoft’s SQL Server, versions 2005 and later. The announcement was made on the Microsoft Interoperability blog post, SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 CTP adds PHP's PDO style data access for SQL Server . The post describes how you can port Drupal 7 to SQL Server using the...
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    Microsoft Brings Business Intelligence Deep to Enterprise With SQL Server 2008 R2

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    Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 , the industry’s most complete information platform for managing, accessing and delivering information. SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available to customers in early May through Microsoft’s distribution and partner channels. More than 2,000 global ISVs have indicated their plans to build solutions based on SQL Server 2008 R2. Ted Kummert, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Business Platform Division...
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    Learn SQL Server 2008 R2 in E-Learning Clinics

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    Three of the six RTM SQL Server 2008 R2 e-clinics are ready; the final three will arrive in mid-April: Introduction to Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services This two-hour clinic describes the capabilities of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Master Data Services, including the following topics: Master Data Services concepts, hierarchies How to plan/implement Master Data Services Projects. Introduction to Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 StreamInsight   This two-hour clinic explores the capabilities...
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    Windows Live Wave 4 Completes Windows Experience

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    The Windows Live team has shifted focus to the next major release internally known as Wave 4. The announcement was made by Chris Jones, Corporate Vice President of Windows Live, on the Inside Windows Live team blog , Getting ready for Windows Live Wave 4 . Jones writes, “We will then roll out updates to our web services, followed by betas of our software for Windows PCs, Macs, and phones. Our approach is to release betas to the public once we think the build is in pretty good shape, learn through...
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    PHP Developers Get SDK for SQL Server Reporting Services

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    A new software developer kit (SDK) helps PHP developers work get new business intelligence capabilities with a free SQL Server Reporting Services SDK for PHP . The SDK works all editions of SQL Server including the free SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services edition, featuring the SQL Server 2008 database and graphical administration tools and Reporting Services server components. And it works with The library is designed to make simple for developers to call the SSRS remote APIs to perform...
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